SHREVEPORT, La. - United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced
today that a federal jury found Andrea Lewis, 54, of Shreveport, guilty on three counts of
transporting minors across state lines to have sex. United States District Judge Elizabeth
Foote presided over the five-day trial.
A federal grand jury in Shreveport indicted Lewis in November of 2013. His trial
began Monday and ended today with the jury returning the guilty verdict after
deliberating for approximately three hours. Witness testimony and exhibits admitted
into evidence established that Lewis transported at least three minors to and from Texas
to have sex with them. The events happened from 1994 to 2000. Lewis is a Shreveport
pastor who formed and actively recruited members of a choir, which consisted of girls
mostly under the age of 18 in his congregation. He used his status as pastor and choir
director to coerce young female church members to have sex with him. He threatened
the girls not to tell anyone, and used choir trips and other church related travel to cover
up sexual abuse.
“This verdict should send the message that if you harm children there are
consequences,” Finley stated. “The Assistant U.S. Attorney, FBI and Shreveport Police
Department are to be commended. Their hard work and efforts have removed a
dangerous man from our community. He can no longer exploit and hurt young girls. My
office and our federal, state, and local partners are committed to protecting children. We
will continue to prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law.”
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